[Samba] Changing Samba PDC to a different machine (and netbios name)

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Mon May 16 12:17:37 UTC 2016

On 16/05/16 12:16, Thomas Raschbacher wrote:
> Hi.
> Is it possible/feasible to change the samba PDC name to a different 
> machine with a new netbios name?

Yes, but I think you mean 'Can I migrate a PDC domain to an AD domain' , 
if so, see here:


> the reason for this is, that I want to do the update NT4 Domain -> ADC 
> and since it's recommended to not have PDC and file server on the same 
> machine I was going to seperate them. For that I'd need to have a 
> different server act as PDC.

Again, I think you mean 'I want a different server to act as the DC'.
PDC == NT4-style domain controller, DC == Active Directory Domain Controller

> Also another part of the question is: is it easier to do this with the 
> NT4 domain still, or in the process of upgrading NT4->PDC, or afterwards?

As the page I linked to says, you need to test this first and it will be 
done during the upgrade/migration.


> Regards,
>   Thomas R

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